Regional Consultation in Panama urges Governments to Strengthen Green Economies, Sustainable Development and Resilience
Strengthening strategies on green economies, sustainable development and resilience, agreed international instruments such as the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production(10YPP) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), are among the recommendations made to governments, product of the Regional Consultative Meeting of Major Groups and Stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean 2015, held in the city of Panama.
The aim of the meeting was to prepare the contribution of representatives of major groups and stakeholders in the region, for global processes such as the discussion of the post-2015 agenda and climate change; while promoting a dialogue of knowledge and identify opportunities to enhance their participation in policy-making processes at various levels.
Mara Murillo, Deputy Regional Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), whose headquarters are located at City of Knowledge, referred to the importance of point 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals: Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
In turn, Alberto Pascual, promoter in Panama of the Global Campaign "Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready!", and who participated as a member of the NGO sector, called on local governments to commit to reduce the risk of disasters and strengthen the construction of cities that are more resilient to climate change.
"The tendency in Latin America and the Caribbean towards an urbanization process, should have as a priority to ensure that our cities have a vision of disaster risk reduction," noted Pascual.
At the end of the meeting convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), it was important to emphasize the need to encourage private investment with economic incentives and promote a legitimate, transparent, equitable citizen participation, and respect the rights of populations and the environment.
Global Campaign "Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready!"
The Global Campaign "Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready!", promoted by the UNISDR since 2010, aims to ensure that a greater number of local governments and other key sectors are prepared for disasters, by increasing political commitment to disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change.
The campaign encompasses a growing global network of cities, provinces and municipalities, of various sizes, characteristics, risk profiles and locations, which can help and learn from each other, promote awareness, and transmit specialized knowledge and skills, as well as technical support to achieve the goal of building resilience.